Getting Through the Government Shutdown with Your Sanity Intact

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Icon_Inspiration-Category_200x200The last time the United States government experienced a shutdown was in 1995 and at that time Bill Clinton was in office as President. My son was three years old and I wondered if I was going to get my WIC to get milk for his cereal and if the shutdown would somehow impact my job at Federal Express.  Seems like the more things change, the more they stay the same. Now is the time to buckle down and pull in the reserves.  In the olden days, people used a myriad of ways to get them through hard times.  Those times are upon us once again.  Some might wonder if they ever left.


Here are a some ways to get through the partial government shutdown without pulling out your hair.


  1. Conserve all resources.

    Car pool or take the bus to work or school.  A plus is this will mean less fuel emissions in the environment.  It will also be cost effective for everyone involved.  Determine the route and find other co-workers who are going in the same direction and arrange a car pool.  Set a schedule, who will drive, when, and establish how everyone will pay.  Also set up some ground rules that will keep everyone on the same page.  Issues that could come up can be squashed, if you set the tone early.  Such as no eating in the car and no making everyone late because you need your coffee fix.  This may mean that everyone participating has to get up earlier, but everyone’s pockets will be the better for it.

  2. Brown Bag it.

    Starbucks and McDonalds can eat away at your pocket over time. Those Caramel Mochas with extra caramel and whipped cream add up. Start taking your lunch and start using the office Keurig machine at work. Taking your lunch can save you up to $10 a day.  Buying in bulk and dispensing everyday will definitely save you money instead of going to that local specialty restaurant to buy a stuffed baked potato with soup on the side that will run you $14 once you toss in the ice tea and dessert. Depending on if you are really close with your co-workers, there could be an office potluck. Someone can bring a dish to work every day.  Monday could be Chili day. All it takes is some initiative.

  3. Cook for the week.

    This is where buying bulk will benefit you again.  If you get a rather large chicken (or protein of your choice) you can roast it and have something different every night.  Monday may be roast chicken with potatoes; Tuesday: chicken stir-fry; Wednesday: chicken dumplings or chicken soup with a baked potato and so on.  Stretch what you have and make it last.

  4. Develop a Side Gig/Pay with Cash.

    Find out what other people need and market that.  We are in the day and age when what you have a degree in may not make the money.  If you sew as a hobby, can you turn that into a tailoring business?  Now is also the time to streamline all forms of credit.  If you don’t have to use your credit card, don’t.  Use cash as much as possible to buy things you truly need right now.


  5. Grow your own food.

    With all of the media attention on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and Monsanto, this is a great opportunity to start growing your own food.  Once you have your very own garden, you will be able to have food at will.  Can and freeze things that you grow yourself.  This is food that you won’t have to pay astronomical amounts for due to the rise in prices because of the shutdown.

  6. Downsize your technology.

    If you have an impressive DVD or Blu-Ray collection, you can save a bit of money getting rid of the premium cable channels.  Have you ever looked at your cable bill and paid attention to the taxes associated?  It is ridiculous!  Another way to save would be forgoing your weekly fix of going to the movie theatre.  The average cost of a movie ticket is $9 depending on where you live.  If you are taking the kids to see “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” you might spend a nice little chunk of your paycheck.  Instead make an outdoor theater. You will save money on tickets and you can make your own snacks and you don’t even have to sneak them in your big purse!  Check to see if you can save some money on your cell phone plan as well. If you haven’t upgraded your contract, can you switch to a cheaper provider?

  7. Curb your news habit.

    I’m a news junkie.  I want to stay informed on the happenings around the country and abroad, so I watch most of the news channels and read Huffington Post and the New York Post as well as others.  The problem with that is when we consume too much news media.  Most of the news reported is not good, so it becomes difficult not to catastrophize things.  We see the wild fires in California, the floods in Colorado, the kidnapping of a little child and the Islamic terrorist attack at the Westgate Mall in Kenya and it becomes hard to channel that energy into a positive space.  Get your information to keep you informed, but know when to turn it off.  Watch something that will make you smile.


  8. Check on a neighbor/family member/friend.

    See if someone needs to go to the grocery store and take them.  If you have cooked a big meal, invite someone over to share laughs over good food.  Times are hard, but if we share in the burden we can make it a little lighter for someone else.  It will make you feel better.


What do you think? Are there more tips that you would add to this list?

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